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noun,plural flam·beaux [flam-bohz], /ˈflæm boʊz/, flam·beaus.
  1. a flaming torch.

  2. a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.

  1. a large, decorated candlestick.

  2. an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.

Origin of flambeau

1625–35; <French: torch, derivative of Old French flambeflame

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How to use flambeau in a sentence

  • She passed outward, two others passed in; a dying flambeau showed the features of Iftikhar and Hakem.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • A la pàle lueur d'un magique flambeau S'élève un vil autel dressé sur un tombeau.

  • In travelling at night, they used to tie one to each great toe; and in fishing and hunting, required no other flambeau.

  • The moine flambeau, he that is burning with fervour, would possess Him with his passion like a woman.

    mile Verhaeren | Stefan Zweig
  • A red or white Lamarre flambeau consists of a sheet rubber tube filled with one of the above-named compositions.

British Dictionary definitions for flambeau


/ (ˈflæmbəʊ) /

nounplural -beaux (-bəʊ, -bəʊz) or -beaus
  1. a burning torch, as used in night processions

  2. a large ornamental candlestick

Origin of flambeau

C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame

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